This is the first of the five foundations of health. Your brain is the command center, the keeper of memory, the processor of data. It senses, understands, refines, and decides. Our brains are amazing and mysterious. Keeping your brain healthy is the ultimate goal and many different components affect it.The best way to improve brain health is to give it mental stimulation. The brain is always growing, adapting, and rewiring by growing new neurons. As we age, it’s common to experience loss of memory or fine-motor skills. Most age-related memory and motor-skill loss are from lack of brain exercise. Just like any other organ, you have to exercise it to gain knowledge. The brain then associates the knowledge gained with existing knowledge by connecting more neurons to it. The more you practice a skill, the more your brain will grow. The key to improving brain health is to choose an activity that is enjoyable to you. The best way to get results is to plan a “you time” routine. This is not Netflix binge time; this is not scrolling on Facebook and Instagram time. This is planned time, set aside for learning new things! Be endlessly curious. Jump down the rabbit hole, geek out, and challenge yourself on something you have been wanting to try. In the Friends and Family Health Centers clinic, we encourage our patients to start gradually with any new endeavors. Gaining your health is a marathon, not a sprint. Plan to engage in 5-10 minutes of reading, learning a new language, or meditating immediately before or after other healthy activities, like exercising. A quote that always resonates with me in moments of taking on something new is by Teddy Roosevelt, who accomplished so much both personally and professionally: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” I like this quote because it gives you no room to excuse yourself from starting something new. Focus on small wins at the beginning. Small wins add up to BIG wins. Be patient with yourself. The following is a list of ways to improve your brain health. Choose one and do it for five minutes a day for 21 days. Let me know how it works for you!So, what are you going to do to improve and maintain your brain health? What are you going to geek out on? Here are 10 ways you can get started on improving brain function:
Happiness is a state of mind. We can find happiness in all areas of life, from the mundane to extraordinary - if we look around and see what's good with our lives. One way I try to stay happy despite our external environment is by practicing gratitude every day for the little things that matter: my family, friends, home or favorite food no matter how small they may be at times when it seems like everything else goes wrong. Research has shown that expressing gratitude increases serotonin production and this hormone will make us feel really great! It also protects against heart disease thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties; boosts immunity because it helps fight off viruses more effectively than any other type of immune cells; improves sleep quality as well as mood regulation
Natalies story of how she was terrified to visit a chiropractor, until she realized the benefits and relief it provided for her chronic back pain.
This is the most common response I hear any time I ask to see a patient’s blood work. They have been told that everything is normal, yet they still feel awful. How could this be the case? This post is specifically about why medical and functional blood analysis is different and absolutely needs to be understood. Medicine evaluates "normal"/non-pathological blood values. Archetype uses "optimal" blood values which are smaller in a acceptable range but are compared other lab values to determine the cause of your issue..